Beyonce Covers Complex Magazine, Speaks on Frank Ocean & Changing Radio
Beyonce covers the Style & Design issue of Complex Magazine. Inside the issue she speaks on changing up her music material, to stand from the similar music being played on the radio, connecting with one of Odd Future’s artist and more.
“Figuring out a way to get R&B back on the radio is challenging. Everything sounds the same on the radio.” She confesses. “With 4 I tried to mix R&B from the ’70s and the ’90s with rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of horns to create something new and exciting. I wanted musical changes, bridges, vibrata, live instrumentation, and classic songwriting.”
Frank Ocean of ODD Future caught Knowles ear immediately when she heard his tone for the first time. “[Jay-Z] had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him—literally the next morning.” She demanded. “I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.”
What influences Beyonce in the studio when she’s working? She reveals the method she goes by when making music. She loves to make “Stadium Music”. “I’ve found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally],” she explains. “I usually know from the hook if the song is something that transcends language, race, and genre, and if it’s something that affects pop culture.” The Run The World Queen contiunes, “It’s something I can visualize people singing in stadiums all over the world. But my favorite songs on my albums are usually not my singles.”